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My wife and I are going to try the river for some walleye, can anyone recommend a good place to start and what to use.We are going to launch from Wyandotte boat ramp.

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Desi, is Lucy going with you? Sorry, coundn't resist. Anyway, here are the basics:

1) You must keep your lines vertical at all times. Therefore, you need a trolling motor or kicker to counteract the wind. If you don't have one, stay home.

2) Concentrate on the areas between 18-30 FOW water. Start in the shallower water and move deeper as the day goes on. If you are new to jigging, start with 1/2oz jigs and go up only if you have trouble feeling the bottom. Once you get the hang of it, you can drop down to 3/8oz in water less than 25 feet. In water deeper than 30, you may need 5/8 or 3/4 oz jigs. There is no need for anything heavier than that.

3) You will not need bait. Just get yourself some of the 4" brown worms that they sell at the WBR and put it on the 1/2oz jig head (Chartruse, green or orange are all good choices).

4) You will want to jig your rod about 10-12 inches, with a slight snap of the wrist to trigger the bites. Before you drop it back down, make sure the line tightens. They will amost always hit it right before it hits the bottom. I prefer a slightly firmer rod and 8# fireline (use a 18-24" mono leader with small barrel swivel). This will help you feel the bites.

5) There is a map on www.wbramp.com that will point out some of the good spots, however, you will see all the boats. There are plenty of good spots very near to the WBR.

6) Keep an eye on the water clarity. You need about 18 inches of visibility to catch fish. Drop your jig down and determine when you can't see it anymore. If it is less than 18 inches, you may want to move. The US side is almost always cleaner.

7) I would highly recommend going with a guide your first time. Jon Bondy (www.lakestclairfishing.com) is one of the best on the river. You will learn more in one day with him, than you would in a whole season on your own.
 
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